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Freehold Borough schools seek aid to assist struggling students

FREEHOLD – Administrators in the Freehold Borough K-8 School District are seeking slightly more than $156,000 from the state to address certain impacts of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

On Jan. 19, Board of Education members approved the submission of an Addressing Student Loss Application to the New Jersey Department of Education (DOE). According to district administrators, the grant is provided under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

The grant is estimated to be in the amount of $156,425, according to district administrators. If the money is awarded to Freehold Borough, the funding will be used to implement evidence-based interventions to address student learning loss due to school closures caused by the pandemic.

District administrators said they are planning to reinstate a math interventionist position at the elementary school level during the 2021-22 school year and run an intensive summer academy during the summer of 2021.

Since the beginning of the 2020-21 school year in September, because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and due to related issues, all of the pupils in the district have been receiving remote instruction. Freehold Borough students have not physically attended school since March 2020.

According to a revised restart and re-entry plan, students will not receive in-person instruction until Freehold Borough and Monmouth County reliably return to what is deemed to be moderate risk status for the virus. As of Jan. 16, Monmouth County remained designated as a high risk area by the state.

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